IND vs SL 2nd T20: Dhananjaya, Bhanuka lead Sri Lanka to 4-wicket win over depleted India, level series 1-1 – A depleted India succumbed to a 4-wicket loss after Dhananjaya de Silva and Minod Bhanuka led Sri Lanka to chase a modest 132 with two balls left. Chamika Karunaratne’s cameo of 12 runs also helped. With this win, Sri Lanka has levelled the three-match series at 1-1. The final game will be played on Thursday.
Chasing 133, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start as Avishka Fernando (11) was sent back to the pavilion by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second over of the innings. Sadeera Samarawickrama scored 8 runs from 12 balls and his struggle finally ended in the 7th over as Varun Chakravarthy clean bowled him, reducing Sri Lanka to 39/2.
IND vs SL 2nd T20: Skipper Dasun Shanaka (3) failed to leave a mark as he was stumped by Sanju Samson of the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav and Sri Lanka were reduced to 55/3, still needing 78 runs more for the win from 65 balls. The set batsman Minod Bhanuka (36) was also dismissed by Kuldeep and Sri Lanka was put on the back foot at 66/4.
Dhananjaya de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga then joined hands together and they put on 28 runs in quick succession, but this partnership was cut short by Rahul Chahar as he dismissed Hasaranga (15) with Sri Lanka still 39 runs away from the target.
In the last three overs, Sri Lanka required 28 runs for the win, and de Silva along with Chamika Karunaratne ensured that the hosts get over the line.
IND vs SL 2nd T20: Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with a knock of 40 runs as India posted 132/5 in the allotted 20 overs. Sent into bat first, India got off to a steady start as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad put on 45 runs inside the first six overs. The first-wicket stand of 49 runs finally came to an end on the final delivery of the seventh over as Gaikwad (21) was sent back to the pavilion by Dasun Shanaka.
Devdutt Padikkal then joined Dhawan in the middle and both batters found it tough to rotate the strike. However, in the 11th over, Padikkal broke the shackles as he dispatched Dhananjaya de Silva for a massive six. However, the 32-run stand between these two batters finally ended in the 13th over as Akila Dananjaya clean bowled Dhawan (40), reducing India to 81/2.
In trying to look for a big shot, Padikkal (29) also perished in the 16th over, having been clean bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga, reducing India to 99/3.
IND vs SL 2nd T20: Sanju Samson (7) also failed to leave a mark and India were struggling to post a respectable score on the board.
In the final overs, India struggled to register boundaries and were restricted to under the 150-run mark. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Navdeep Saini remained unbeaten on 13 and 1 respectively.
Sri Lanka Innings: 133/6 (19.4 ovs); Won by 4 wickets.
|Avishka Fernando||c RD Chahar b B Kumar||11||13||2||0||84.62|
|Minod Bhanuka (WK)||c RD Chahar b KL Yadav||36||31||4||0||116.13|
|Sadeera Samarawickrama||b Varun Chakravarthy||8||12||1||0||66.67|
|Dasun Shanaka (C)||st SV Samson b KL Yadav||3||6||0||0||50.00|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||Not out||39||33||1||1||118.18|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||c B Kumar b RD Chahar||15||11||2||0||136.36|
|Ramesh Mendis||c RD Gaikwad b C Sakariya||2||5||0||0||40.00|
|Chamika Karunaratne||Not out||13||7||0||1||185.71|
|Extra||7 (b 0, w 4, nb 0, lb 3)|
|Yet To Bat||I Udana, A Dananjaya, PVD Chameera|
|Fall Of Wickets||FOW||Over|
IND vs SL 2nd T20: India Innings 132/5 (20 ovs)
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||c M Bhanuka b D Shanaka||21||18||1||0||116.67|
|Shikhar Dhawan (C)||b A Dananjaya||40||42||5||0||95.24|
|Devdutt Padikkal||b W Hasaranga||29||23||1||1||126.09|
|Sanju Samson (WK)||b A Dananjaya||7||13||0||0||53.85|
|Nitish Rana||c D de Silva b PVD Chameera||9||12||0||0||75.00|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Not out||13||11||0||0||118.18|
|Navdeep Saini||Not out||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Extra||12 (b 1, w 11, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||KL Yadav, RD Chahar, C Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||2||0||13||0||6.50|
IND vs SL 2nd T20: Playing XI: India: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk), Nitish Rana, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy.
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya.